Luke Tscharke
Luke Tscharke
Travel Tip

5 Reasons for a Tassie spring break

Kathryn Leahy
Festival goers, wine connoisseurs and art appreciators, come mingle. Open bleary winter eyes and explore to the edges of the world, where art surrounds you, the sparkling is flowing and spontaneous celebrations are brewing.

1. There’s art in unusual places

Think art should be shared outside of galleries? Then Tassie’s your style. The Junction Arts Festival spreads the island’s art over curious spaces in unusual forms. Don tweed cycling gear, hop on your vintage bike and cycle the Tweed Run across Launceston. Join a long table feast in a valley of wine spiced with pop-up performers and culinary geniuses. Prince’s Park is the hub of festival frivolity encouraging lazy lawn-sprawled afternoons with local tunes and lively nights bring bands from every corner of the island. Save the date, 5-9 September.

Heard of The Unconformity? It’s a grungy industrial art festival deep in a remote western mining town that takes on a new form every two years. In Queenstown, nothing conforms. Not the mine-ravaged landscape, not the gravel football field, and certainly not the people. Contemporary and indigenous artists emerge from their creative hides and express their creativity through dance, music, sound art and theatre on the streets and inside former industrial sites. Dismiss them or join them, 19-21 October.

A car parked next to a windy mountain highway at Queenstown Tasmania
Scott Sporleder, Matador
Queenstown is just around the bend

2. Your glass is always half full

Head east for a weekend of wine and fresh local seafood by the ocean. The Great Eastern Wine Weekend is a time for pouring and appreciating island wine and the area it’s grown in. Thankfully the east coast is full of seafood plucked straight from the ocean. Pile some on your plate, it goes nicely with a crisp white. Explore the Great Eastern Drive coastal strip before and after the event dropping into cellar doors for wine weekend specials, 7-9 September.

Enter a valley of wine where the climate is likened to the region Champagne, in France.  Don’t miss Effervescence in the Tamar Valley gathers 15 of Tassie’s top sparkling producers to enlighten, inspire and pour precious bubbles. Meet winemakers and wine experts at decadent garden parties and food-matching masterclasses. Snap up your spot, 16-18 November.

Ladies enjoying glasses of sparking wine on bean bags at Josef Chromy during Effervescence
Liza-Jane Sowden
Effervescence Grand Tasting Garden Party

3. It’s the season of colour

The bloom may be brief, but the vision of row upon row of tulips sloping gently towards a stark white lighthouse on the edge of a volcanic plateau, will last a lifetime. Time it right and you’ll catch the tulips in bloom September to October at Table Cape, near Wynyard on the north west coast. Tulip fields not bright enough for you? At the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival colour run you can get plastered from head to toe in colour (BYO goggles). Try your arm in the tulip-throwing competition, watch fireworks over the Inglis River or turn up to the tulip cocktail party and bring some colourful moves to the dancefloor.

 

Rows of tulips with a lighthouse in the background
Scott Sporleder, Matador
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival

4. Release your inner creative

Rub shoulders with Australia’s best writers in a storybook Swiss village over cocktails and delicious produce. Now is the time to immerse yourself in a magical world of words. Share stories, spin yarns and feast on Tamar Valley produce until late, learn how to ignite your stories with Amie Kaufman from New York Times and discover the ageless art of building worlds with words. This year the Tamar Valley Writers Festival theme is ‘Tasmania on the Global Page’. Expand your mind, 14-16 September.

5. Pick the best of the season

Farm gate markets in Tasmanian cities, villages and towns celebrate eating seasonal and making local. There are butchers and bakers, and cheesemakers. Pig farmers, orchardists and honey collectors. Join in the tradition of tasting fresh, gathering good nosh and listening to buskers laid-back weekend tunes. Our picks for this spring are the Saturday Salamanca Market in Hobart and Harvest Market, in Launceston, the Sunday Farm Gate Market in Hobart and the monthly Bream Creek Farmers Market. located 45 minutes east of Hobart

Stallholders and shoppers at the Salamanca Market held every Saturday in Hobart Tasmania
Poon Wai Nang
Salamanca Market

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